The Big Easter Evensong
On Easter Sunday, 12 April, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a mass Choral Evensong led by The Very Revd Dr John Hall KCVO, Chair of The Royal School of Church Music with Organist Hugh Morris, Director of The Royal School of Church Music.
Choir members should have received a copy of the music including links to some practice track by email (the conditions don't allow it to be put on the website). You can take part in the live stream on YouTube at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday 12 April or go there earlier to set a reminder.
The Messiah at Home
The Self-Isolation Choir, in association with Choraline, began an eight week period of rehearsals of Handel's Messiah on Tuesday 31 March at 19:30 BST, leading to a full concert on Sunday 31 May 2020. Proceeds will go to help musicians and soloists whose livelihood has been threatened, and to another good cause to support those most affected by the Covid-19 virus. The musical director is Ben England.
You can still sign up. The cost is £14.95, of which £5 will be donated to support musicians affected by the crisis. Don't worry if you miss any rehearsals - will all be recorded and you can join it at any time. Choraline have free rehearsal scores for Soprano and Alto and participants will be offered a 50% discount on training tracks for each part. Cyberbass have streamed parts online at no cost (downloadable for a fee).
Ahead of our December 2019 performance with Aberdeen Choral Society, Peter recommended listening to the recording of Messiah by The English Concert & Choir under Trevor Pinnock, available on YouTube or on CD (download on iTunes).
James Lobban Conducting Scholarship
Otto Itgenhorst is the winner of the 2019-20 James Lobban Conducting Scholarship